Budapest’s best hotel spas
Several sumptuous Budapest hotels feature on-site spa facilities complete with heated pools, saunas, steam rooms, fitness centres, massage salons and more, each carefully constructed with state-of-the-art equipment and stylish design. All welcome overnight guests and public visitors alike. Discover these regally relaxing retreats to enjoy therapeutic treatments and soothing settings just steps away from your hotel room during a Budapest visit, or with day passes and extended memberships that can provide anyone with a peaceful escape from bustling city life.
Continental Hotel Budapest
A century before this four-star-superior hotel opened in 2010, the Art Nouveau-styled Hungária Spa stood on this very site; its ornate façade, featuring relief statues of sea nymphs frolicking amid flowing waves, is now the carefully restored face of this modern urban resort. These days, the deluxe on-site spa at the Continental Hotel is located at rooftop level, and features a spacious indoor pool beneath a glass roof, Finnish and infra saunas, plus a jacuzzi, while the downstairs massage centre provides varied treatments utilising mud from the Dead Sea, sea salts from Brittany, Hungarian thermal water and other natural balms. However, the highlight of this hotel’s spa facilities is its open-air rooftop where guests splash in a heated pool and sunbathe on deckchairs during warm-weather months, surrounded by sweeping views from nearby rooftops to the distant Buda Hills.
- 1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 42-44.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Established in 1886, the Royal Spa is an eminently historic spa hangout, which today belongs to Budapest’s five-star Corinthia Hotel. Following the complete refurbishment of this hospitality palace in the early 2000s, the Royal Spa reopened in grand style with 21st-century facilities and colourful tile patterns surrounding its centrepiece 15-metre-long swimming pool, all illuminated by an oversized stained-glass skylight. Visitors can submerge in multiple hot tubs, recline in varied relaxation areas and purify their skin in saunas or the steam bath, while six treatment rooms (including one designed for couples) provide sanctuaries for massages and beauty procedures. The spa specialises in ESPA treatments including facials, body wraps and nourishing pre- and post-natal maternity massages, all utilising natural ingredients and contemporary age-defying technology.
- 1073 Budapest, Erzsébet körút 43-49.
Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget
Nestled amid the green parkland of Budapest’s Margaret Island, this four-star-superior hotel is one of Hungary’s most popular spa retreats thanks to its sprawling facilities with full-scale thermal baths. Here guests can feel their muscles melt in 38° C mineral waters while admiring views over the nearby Japanese Garden though picture windows; indoor and outdoor swimming pools welcome more active soakers. Visitors can also enjoy the hydro pool, gymnastics pool and traction bath, along with a sauna, infra-sauna, steam cabin and aroma cabin, not to mention the colourful salt cave ideal for pulmonary health. The spa also provides massages, medical services and beautification treatments. As the Margitsziget resort is currently undergoing a thorough renovation, the spa’s reception area is newly modernised, while several other improvements are scheduled for the near future.
- 1138 Budapest, Margitsziget
- Opening hours of the Spa Resort: Mon-Fri 06:30 - 21:30
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
The top-quality services of this historic luxury hotel extend to the top-floor spa tucked just beneath the Gresham Palace roof. Here within the crown of Budapest’s most famous Art Nouveau landmark, visitors enjoy exclusive treatments such as the Classic Hungarian Body Wrap (with sea-salt exfoliation, a detoxifying all-body mud application, and facial and body massages), the Cell Defence Gentleman’s Facial using Budapest’s own Omorovicza products, and the Essential Manicure and Pedicure. All procedures are provided amid the spa’s soothing setting featuring natural design elements enveloping an indoor infinity pool, a whirlpool, sauna and steam chambers, and seven treatment rooms. While one side of the spa is bathed in sunlight through courtyard-facing picture windows, peek through the small round windows on the opposite wall for views over Budapest’s iconic Chain Bridge and Castle District.
- 1051 Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 5-6.
This five-star hotel on central Pest’s Danube Promenade contains a therapeutic retreat for anyone seeking a quick getaway in the middle of it all. The Spa InterContinental boasts a heated indoor pool, a sauna, a steam cabin and tastefully decorated treatment rooms, including a salon specially designed for couples’ massages. Book a manicure and/or pedicure using Kaviczky products made with locally sourced medicinal clay from Hungarian hot springs, indulge in a Relaxing Coconut Massage to stimulate your senses with fragrant tropical oil, or try the Damascus Rose Facial and Body Treatment to rejuvenate your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Meanwhile, fitness fanatics can get their adrenaline fix any time at the on-site gym open non-stop for hotel guests, featuring cutting-edge strength-building and cardio-workout machines. English-speaking personal trainers are available by request.
- 1052 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János utca 12-14.
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Panoramic vistas over leafy Erzsébet tér and the Basilica dome greet guests at Kempinski The Spa, a quiet haven for high-class spa activities within this recently renovated five-star hotel. Beyond the sunshiny relaxation area and heated indoor pool equipped with a jet stream, bubbles and a neck-massaging fountain, a pair of brand-new saunas now welcome visitors – a Finnish sauna newly built of beautiful American Tulipwood can seat ten amid temperatures of 80-90° C, while an innovative bio sauna (also made with American Tulipwood) hosts up to six people enveloped with soothing light therapy and pleasant aromas at temperatures of about 65° C. The sauna area also includes a tepidarium, a steam room and a stylish ice fountain, while several massage salons welcome everyone for invigorating seasonal-based rubdowns. The fitness centre features workout machines with views over Fashion Street.
- 1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7-8.
- Opening hours refer to the Spa.
The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest
The newest hotel spa on this list is perched directly above busy Deák tér, but anyone who visits the eighth-floor spa centre at Budapest’s luxe Ritz-Carlton will feel that all worries are a world away. The curvaceous swimming pool and hot tub are brightened with sunbeams shining through the massive skylight, which also illuminates the adjacent 24-hour fitness centre. Indulge in special treatments such as the Royal Palace Ritual – including a body scrub with salt and aromatic oils, applied before a hot-stone massage – and the Serenity on the Danube package, featuring traditional European massage techniques and a customised facial. Budapest expats and long-term visitors may be interested in the spa’s generous six- and 12-month membership packages available to the public, offering benefits such as complimentary massages, a 15% discount on Ritz-Carlton food and beverage outlets, and more.
- 1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 9-10.